You won’t fork out for a new sofa but you’ll save hard for the next ‘big trip’. You’re not that interested in owning a wardrobe full of designer clothes, but you can’t resist festival tickets. You’re not alone. In fact, there’s a name for it. You’re part of the ‘experience economy’ and it’s a force to be reckoned with. Though the term was coined in the late 1990s, the trend for shunning material goods in favour of getting out there to see and do really took off two years ago, heralded, bizarrely, by Ikea. In 2016, the Swedish ‘stuff’ leviathan’s chief sustainability officer, Steve Howard, told the world the West had reached ‘peak stuff’, that the boom consumerism of the 20th century had left us feeling claustrophobic and jaded. These days we spend what money we have on living for the moment, making the most of our time. Despite a squeeze on household finances last year, … [Read more...] about Got a bucket list? It’ll cost you £428,000 to complete
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Bali in Indonesia has always been a firm favourite amongst travellers looking to explore its superb tropical jungle landscapes, exceptional temples and pristine white sandy beaches. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the idyllic island has been named the best holiday destination in the world by TripAdvisor, topping a list of 25 popular locations that includes Bora Bora, Jamaica, Hoi An in Vietnam and Phuket in Thailand. Of course because it's packed with so many amazing sights, trying to decide which ones not to miss off the itinerary can be a daunting prospect. To give you a helping hand, we've rounded up the top 10 most beautiful places you need to go and visit next time you take a trip to the Indonesian paradise. But be warned - all of these will give you major wanderlust... 1. Uluwatu Temple The walk to this sea temple is as pretty as the building itself. Take a stroll during the sunset for views that are sure to take your breath away, then head down to Jimbaran Bay and … [Read more...] about 10 incredibly beautiful places in Bali that are bucket list-worthy
There's nothing like a beach holiday to keep the whole family happy - after all, who doesn't love a bit of sand, sea and sun! The best part is that you don't need to go far to find some truly beautiful beaches that are also family-friendly; there are some brilliant gems all across Europe. Spain, Greece, Portugal and Italy are all famed for their breathtaking coasts, packed with everything from bustling resorts to tranquil havens for those wanting a bit of peace and quiet. We haven't included UK beaches in this round-up but we have searched out the best UK sandy beaches here if you are after a dose of staycation inspiration. In the meantime, check out some of our top picks of beaches across the rest of Europe below... 1. La Concha, San Sebastian in Spain Spain boasts plenty of brilliant beaches but La Concha never fails to be a hit with both locals and tourists alike. After all, the sand is fine enough to lie on, the waters are crystal clear and ideal for swimming - it's got … [Read more...] about Best beaches in Europe you’ll want to add to the bucket list right now
10. Mountain bike in Ballyhoura If your experience of cycling involves commuting in the city or tootling around of a weekend, it’s time to give mountain biking a bash. Ballyhoura, shared by counties Cork and Limerick, has the largest trail network of its kind in the country, combined with a drop-dead gorgeous backdrop, so it’s the perfect place to start. Beginners are kept happy with the 6km Greenwood loop, but serious bikers will be in heaven on the demanding 51km Castlepook loop. You can rent bikes and gear from Trailriders… even Kimye stopped by on honeymoon. — NB Do it: visitballyhoura.com, trailriders.ie; from €35 per day. If you like that, try this: Go wild in the wonderful Wicklow Mountains with a ride at Ballinastoe (biking.ie) — it’s just 45 minutes from Dublin. 11. Go back to basics on a survival weekend Who needs five-star hotels when you can spend a weekend striking flints, navigating by the stars and building your own shelter? … [Read more...] about The Irish Adventure Bucket List: 25 days out to try before you die!
The idea of a bucket list has never really interested me. I would rather draw up a list of things I definitely don't want to do before I die. I have no intention of visiting an Italian tower which is a bit wonky. I can happily live without jumping off a bridge with elastic tied to my legs. The idea of swimming with dolphins does nothing for me and as for seeing the Grand Canyon...it's just a big hole in the ground isn't it? However, my colleagues have twisted my arm and asked me to compile a local list of places to go and things to do in Hinckley before we die. While we might not have a big hole in the ground to look at or a tall bridge to jump off, there are plenty of places right under our noses that are worthy of a visit. And the area is packed full of things to do, if you know where to look. But what do you think? Let us know what would be on your list of things to see and do in the area...We would love to compile a list of your suggestions. Email [email protected] or … [Read more...] about Hinckley bucket list